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St Peter & St Paul Whitney on Wye

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Allan Leonard Lewis VC

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St Peter & St Paul Whitney on Wye

Herefordshire

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Allan Leonard

Lewis

28th February 1895

Brilley, Herefordshire

21st September 1918

Killed by a shrapnel head wound at Deleful Post, Ronssoy, France. Won a Victoria Cross postumously for his actions on the 18th and 21st September at Ronssoy, France

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Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

First World War

Lance Corporal

6th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

Royal Army Service Corps

Victoria Cross

The citation in the London Gazette reads: For most conspicuous bravery at Ronssoy on the 18th September, 1918, when in command of a section on the right of an attacking line held up by intense machine gun fire. L./Cpl. Lewis observing that two enemy machine guns were enfilading the line, crawled forward singlehanded, and successfully bombed the guns, and by rifle fire later caused the whole team to surrender, thereby enabling the line to advance. On 21st September, 1918, he again displayed great powers of command, and, having rushed his company through the enemy barrage, was killed whilst getting his men under cover from heavy machine gun fire. Throughout he showed a splendid disregard of danger, and his leadership at a critical period was beyond all praise. London Gazette 28th January 1919

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